Programs, Courses, Dual Degrees and Specializations


Exchange Programs/Partnerships:
The Faculty of Engineering at Western has several exchange programs and partnerships with institutions within Canada and throughout the world to provide students with the opportunity to study outside Canada and to learn different cultures, internationalization and to become global citizens. By studying on exchange, students learn the dynamics between the developing and the developed world and build familiarity and connections with different world regions. A cosmopolitan worldview is rated as one of the top three skills needed in future leaders & by going on exchange, students gain valuable skills for succeeding in a global economy. Examples include: IAESTE Canada, Partnerships in Canada (McMaster, Ecole Polytechnique, Dalhousie, Queen’s, UBC, Calgary, Laval, Sherbrooke, New Brunswick, Toronto, Waterloo) Partnerships around the world (Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and USA). Click here for more Information.


ES 1050 – Introductory Engineering Design and Innovation Studio
Introduction to the principles and practices of professional engineering. The design studio fosters innovative thinking, improves problem solving, and provides context - includes elements of need recognition, conceptualization, prototyping, and engineering design to satisfy commercial specializations. Emphasis on creativity, teamwork, communication and engineering skills necessary to practice in any engineering discipline. 2009/2010 Design Concept is to design a “green” (environmentally friendly) technology, suitable for use as a classroom illustration, museum or science centre exhibit or any other type of display. [View video]

ES 4498F/G - Engineering Ethics, Sustainable Development and the Law
This course will cover professionalism, ethical theory, the code of ethics and enforcement; the environment; and contracts and risk.

CEE 3361a/b Water Resources Management
Introduction to water resources management for engineers. Water resources management principles and tools; regulatory issues; economic analysis; water supply; water demand; sustainable development; climate change; extremes (floods and droughts); water management in the Upper Thames River basin. Exposure to and use of computer-based tools in solving water resources management problems. (offered in Civil Engineering, Green Process Engineering, and Integrated Engineering)

CEE 3362a/b Drinking Water Quality and Treatment
In the course students will be taught the basic principles of water quality and treatment with particular focus on developing communities. Specific topics will include drinking water quality guidelines and legislation, identifying drinking water sources with adequate quality and quantity, drinking water treatment technologies and water distribution systems in developing communities. (offered in Civil Engineering, Green Process Engineering, and Integrated Engineering)

CEE 4405a/b: Air Pollution
The nature and effects of air pollution including the structure and physical behavior of the atmosphere, types and origins of air pollutants, chemical reactions in the atmosphere, atmospheric dispersion, techniques of pollutant evaluation and surveys and effects of air pollution on health and other aspects of urban and natural environments. (offered in Civil Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

CBE 4409a/b Wastewater Treatment
This course introduces a basic understanding of municipal wastewater treatment processes. The course reviews pertinent environmental regulations, and general wastewater quality parameters. Processes and unit operations in wastewater treatment are introduced with particular emphasis on process design. Considerations in integrating unit processes and operations into a treatment system are presented. (offered in Civil Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Green Process Engineering, and Integrated Engineering)

GPE 3382a/b Fundamentals of Green Engineering
This course reviews the fundamental concepts of Green Engineering. The general objectives are for the student to be aware of the environmental issues associated with industrial processes, environmental laws and regulations and be able to evaluate the global environmental footprint of an industrial process. (offered to Green Process Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

GPE 3385a/b Green Power
This course will introduce students to various electric power generation technologies and issues associated with their design, performance, environmental and social impact. Power consumption patterns of family households, small businesses and their modeling are studied. Solar, wind, nuclear, tidal, geothermal, hydrogen and biomass based electric power generation are reviewed. Aspects of their incorporation into the existing electric power grid and fuel cycle will be reviewed. (offered to Green Process Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Integrated Engineering)

GPE 4484a/b Green Fuel & Chemicals
This course describes what are green fuels and chemicals and the main current or potential processes used to produce green fuels and chemicals. The student should be aware of the issues associated with the production of fuels and chemicals from fossil resources, be aware of the current processes that are used on a commercial scale to produce green fuels and chemicals, their advantages and drawbacks. (offered to Green Process Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

Dual Degrees

Civil and Environmental Engineering Option F – International Development Option

Civil Engineering combined with Ivey (HBA degree)

Chemical Engineering combined with Ivey (HBA degree)

Engineering Streams

Green Process Engineering:
Western’s Green Process Engineering program is the first of its kind in Canada. The basic objective of the prom is to combine and integrate the fundamental principles of chemical engineering to design commercial products and processes that are safe, economical and environmentally friendly. Some of the distinguishing features of the program include the emphasis on green chemistry, green power, solar and bio-fuel cells, and conversion of waste (such as agricultural byproducts) to bio-fuels.

Environmental Engineering Option (Civil Engineering):
Engineers have a mandate to protect public health and safety and to enhance the quality of life. Students participating in the Environmental Option of the Civil Engineering program learn how to fulfill this mandate and, at the same time, minimize the effect of human activities on the environment. The general public realizes that our environment is not indestructible and that there are limits on development. The public would like to see development go hand-in-hand with responsible environmental stewardship. Thus there is a need for civil engineers with a background in environmental science in positions with government, industries such as Union Gas, Ontario Power Generation and with consulting firms and contractors.

Civil and Environmental Engineering with Environmental Science:
Students selecting the Environmental Option in the Civil Engineering program take courses in basic biochemistry and microbiology applicable to environmental engineering, waste water treatment, air pollution, ethics, law and sustainable development, water management, water pollution design, hydrology, hydrogeology, municipal engineering, environmental hydraulics, groundwater management, solid waste management, and environmental hazards (e.g. floods, hurricanes, earthquakes). Students registered in the Environmental Science program take courses in biology, environmental problems, environmental biology, productivity and pollution in aquatic ecosystems, plants as a human resource, population ecology, interaction with the physical environment in the animal and human community and eco-system ecology, and urban and regional planning.

Biochemical and Environmental Engineering Option:
The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western has been one of the pioneers in Canada and the world for the early development of undergraduate programs and graduate research in Biochemical and Environmental Engineering. According to demographic projections, the present world population of about six billion is expected to double by the year 2025. This will create several problems: global food production must increase by at least 80%; global energy use will increase by 50 to 100%; and environmental pollution problems will increase significantly in the air, water supplies and generation of solid wastes. In addition, the world population will grow older, which will create significant problems in providing the required health care products and services. All of the above problems also create new challenges and golden opportunities for chemical engineers to find creative solutions.

Biochemical and Environmental Engineering with Environmental Science Option:
The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, in collaboration with the Faculty of Science, offers a five-year concurrent degree, which leads to a B.E.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and (three-year) B.Sc. degree with a Major in Environmental Science. Students enrolled in the Biochemical and Environmental Option are able to take additional Environmental Science courses to obtain greater depth in this area. The program includes Chemical Engineering courses in plant design, unit operations, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, air and water pollution, solid waste treatment as well as biochemical engineering courses. The Environmental Science courses focus on earth sciences, biology, environmental problems, aquatic ecosystems, populations ecology and interactions with the physical environment.


Because the global economy is changing at a rapid rate and industries that play a dominant role in today's marketplace may well be replaced in the next 20 to 30 years by industries whose development has not even started, Western Engineering offers concurrent and combined degrees that will assist students to cross traditional borders in their future careers. Graduates with knowledge of two or more areas of specialization and who can work on the border between them will be well positioned to take advantage of these developments. Examples include:

Combined Degrees with the Professional Faculties
The Richard Ivey School of Business, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and Western Law.

Concurrent Degrees with Major Modules in other Faculties such as
Environmental Science, Global Studies, Economics etc.